Franzenuddism

Franzenuddism

What’s up with this guy?  He seems to be morally opposed to Twitter. Apparently he thinks people are trying to tweet their entire dissertations or well-researched and supported arguments in 140 characters or less: Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose … It’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters […]

My Sense of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

My Sense of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is a very short novel, more of a novella at only 163 pages, that has appeared on list after list after list of 2011 Best Books of the Year.  I didn’t know much about this book, but since it won the Man Booker prize, was short, was […]

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Impressions

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Impressions

After reading that The Night Circus failed to live up to Beth and Carrie‘s expectations from the considerable hype, I was less excited to read this novel. I waited patiently until it came up in the library queue, and when it did, I picked it up out of mild (instead of burning) curiosity. Because my […]

What’s with all the reader formatism?

What’s with all the reader formatism?

I’m sensing a growing… formatism in the book world, a new form of bookish snobbery. That is, reading formatism, aka, in which format you prefer to read. Hardcover? Paperback? Audio? … GASP EREADER? DEAR GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU the internet seems to cry. DON’T YOU KNOW YOU ARE KILLING THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE? AND BORDERS, […]